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Experience more with so much included

  • Guided walking tour of the old town of picturesque Funchal, often called ‘Little Lisbon’
  • Enjoy a tasting of the delicious and world-famous Madeira wines
  • Visit to the beautiful Palheiro Gardens, featured in The Gardener’s Garden showcasing a collection of inspirational gardens
  • Visit to the mysterious Curral das Freiras or the 'Valley of the Nuns', and see why this was the ideal sanctuary for a convent of nuns
  • Visit to Câmara de Lobos, the inspiration for some of Sir Winston Churchill’s paintings
  • Guided visit of superb Monte Palace Tropical Gardens, where local flora species thrive alongside exotic blooms
  • Discover the eastern coast, seeing Ponta do Rosto the easternmost point; the UNESCO-listed Ribeiro Frio forest park; and Pico do Arieiro, Madeira’s third highest peak with astonishing views
  • Explore the western area of the island, including Cabo Girão, Europe’s highest cape at 580m; Porto Moniz with its natural rock pools; and the Bridal Veil, one of Madeira’s most famous waterfalls
  • Services of our experienced tour manager
  • Seven nights in four-star accommodation, including all local taxes, with breakfast and dinner
  • Welcome dinner on the first night to get to know your travelling companions
  • Return travel from a selection of airports and transfers to and from your hotel
 
At a Glance
7 nights 5-star accommodation
Return flights & transfers
Programme of daily tours & visits
Daily breakfast, 3 dinners & Welcome Dinner
Expert tour manager
Checked Luggage
 

Overview

Madeira may be tiny, but this subtropical paradise offers world-renowned gardens, spectacular coastlines and jagged peaks, while picturesque Funchal boasts an architectural charm and rich maritime heritage to match the island’s natural splendour.

Rising from the ocean floor 600 miles southwest of Lisbon, Madeira is a subtropical paradise that captures the hearts of all who visit. Even the difficult-to-please Winston Churchill was seduced by its charms! The largest island in an archipelago, Madeira has a huge range of landscapes within its tiny surface area, just 35 miles long and 13 miles wide, from sunny beaches in the south to jagged peaks and cliffs in the north. Its topography – a mountainous backbone and plateau running along the centre, riven by steep valleys – was forged millions of years ago by intense volcanic activity.

With fertile volcanic soil, Madeira is a plant-lover’s dream with an enormous diversity species, from imported purple-blossomed jacaranda trees, orchids and bird of paradise plants to its native Laurisilva forest. So much flourishes here in its mild climate all year round, making it a superb destination through autumn and winter.

In legend, Madeira was one of the ‘Isles of the Blessed’, a winterless earthly realm inhabited by heroes of Greek mythology. But it was serendipity that led the Portuguese here in 1418 when João Gonçalves Zarco was blown off course and set eyes on Porto Santo, the northernmost island in the archipelago. A year later, Zarco returned to find another forested island, claiming it for Portugal and naming it Madère after the Portuguese word for wood. New settlers were delighted to discover that it was ideal for crops, including bananas, grapes and sugar cane, and virtually any spare patch of land is now cultivated, resulting in hillsides covered in terraced fields and levadas, or irrigation channels. The seafood, unsurprisingly, is exceptional and there is an abundance of fish to sample, from the ferocious-looking black scabbard fish to marlin and albacore tuna. Also popular are dishes such as espetada – beef marinated in Madeiran wine, then grilled over smouldering wood chips. Bolo de mel or honey cake is a traditional pastry locals insist should be torn into pieces by hand and never cut with a knife, while fried dough balls called malasadas are enjoyed on Mardi Gras, which is celebrated with gusto. Madeirans are devoutly Catholic, but they also enjoy a multitude of festa or festivals, many in honour of the island’s flora.

One of the wonders of visiting Madeira is that so much is packed in, from inspirational gardens to thundering waterfalls and from soaring peaks to the hidden Valley of the Nuns. Our tour begins in the picturesque capital, Funchal.

Your Itinerary

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Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person, based on one person in a double/twin room for sole occupancy. The price includes return flights, seven nights' five-star accommodation with breakfast and dinner, return transfers, all touring as mentioned, all local accommodation taxes and the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager.  

Included excursions are a guided walk of Funchal, visit and entrance to Palheiro Gardens, guided visit to Monte Palace tropical gardens and entrance to Monte church, wine tasting, visit and entrance to Ribeira Brava, visit to a banana plantation in Madalena, visit to Curral das Freiras and a visit to Câmara de Lobos.

Personalise Your Holiday

Afternoon tea

Traditional afternoon tea - from £37 per person

Indulge in a sumptuous afternoon tea at Belmond Reid’s Palace, an iconic luxury hotel set in beautiful subtropical gardens overlooking the Atlantic. Take a relaxing stroll before enjoying delicious freshly baked scones, pastries and dainty sandwiches with your choice of tea or a glass of refreshing champagne.

Please call us to pre-book this experience.

Useful Information

Dining Choices

Daily breakfast and four dinners are included at the hotel. If you wish to dine in at the hotel for the remainder of the tour, you may pre-book dinner for three nights at £36 per person.

Please contact us to add this dining choice to your booking. 

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Airport Hotel location Transfer time
Funchal Airport Funchal 30 mins

Fact File

  • Currency: Euro
  • Deposit: £100 per person
  • Flight time:  Approx. 4 hrs
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Time zone: GMT
  • Country: Portugal

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

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